Ruth, aka Elayne Kongaika, was raised in the orchard town of Orem, UT. She married a Polynesian boy and has had amazing travel experiences.
I am a very fortunate mother. I say that because I have been blessed with a very loving and caring daughter. Many people want a son as their first child, but I believe it is better to have a daughter first. This is a tribute to loving and caring daughters everywhere, but especially my own. You can see her in my avatar, which was taken when she was less than a year old. We were then living in the South Pacific Island of Tonga.
My daughter was born after a very long hard labor, but when I first saw her cute little face, all of the pain and misery left. She actually was a honeymoon baby, born nine months and two days after we were married.
Over the years, we have become best of friends, and at times I feel that she is more of the parent than I am. I had a very troubled childhood and tumultuous teenage years. Perhaps my daughter learned from my mistakes, but she has never been any trouble and has always been there to cheer me up.
I am eternally grateful that the Lord saw fit to bless me with such a beautiful and thoughtful daughter. I see the trouble other daughters cause in their family, including myself, and know the Lord was watching out for me when he sent this special spirit to our family.
The saddest day I remember is when my daughter left me to go to university. It took me a long time to get over and her absence was literally painful. But, I knew she had to find her own path and future. Her caring nature carried over into a career. She chose to be a nurse, and I have heard from several of her patients who remark about her loving character.
My daughter and her husband have been blessed with their own little daughter, who is also a sweet and devoted child that bring all of us many smiles and much joy.
Daughter, I love you so much, more than I ever thought I could love another human being. I would lay down my life for you. I am so happy to call you my daughter and hopeful for the mother that I am becoming through you and with you.
For always and forever, you are the biggest part of my heart.
My daughter’s new daughter
How precious and sweet
From her head to her feet
Ten tiny fingers
And ten tiny toes
All dressed up in lace
With a cute button nose
I look at her face
And I see her bright smile
I have to admit
Takes me back quite awhile
I remember the day
Brought my own daughter home
More precious than anything
I’d ever known
Our daughters are the most precious of our treasures, the dearest possessions of our homes and the objects of our most watchful love.
~ Margaret E. Sangster
A daughter is beauty at its finest.
Heart of an angel, soul so pure, and sweet.
Daughters are one of God's most precious gifts that he has bestowed upon the world.
Angels in Heaven do not compare to thine beauty, and grace my ever so beautiful, and lovely daughter.
Seeing you at birth brought more joy to me
than all the money in the world could ever do.
You are morning, bright, and shining,
you are noon, you reside at the highest point in my heart,
you are the dew kissed night.
You are my daughter, heart, and soul.
I love the song by John Mayer, "Daughters".
Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on November 27, 2018:
@Christiana Junkere Urie
Thank you so much for your comment. She still is the light of my life.
Christiana Junkere Urie from United Kingdom on November 27, 2018:
So sweet I loved it.
Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 29, 2011:
Glad you like it Yoridale. I appreciate your comments.
Yoridale on August 28, 2011:
I love this hub! Wonderful tribute!
Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 08, 2011:
Thanks so much talitz2550. I appreciate that. Wishing you all the best with you and your daughter.
talitz2550 from Thailand on August 08, 2011:
I really love this blog Elayne. I have an only daughter and she's my treasure. Looking forward for her to have her own daughter too but too early to say it now. I dedicate this song to you.. one of my faves... "In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2y6S8CwPJA
(I have commented previously but couldnt see it)
Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 05, 2011:
I appreciate your positive comments, Dim. Happy to know you. Aloha!
Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on August 05, 2011:
This was beautiful and in so many parts describes my own daughter.
My heart hurts for her since she had 4 miscarriages, yet would make such a wonderfl mum.
She is a treasure to me as you have described your daughter.
Thank you for this beautiful hub.
Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 01, 2011:
Thank you leann2800 for your comments. It is a consolation knowing there are others experiencing, like yourself, who are putting on a brave face and getting on with life.
leann2800 on August 01, 2011:
Your tribute to your daughter is beautiful and so his her comment back. I'm happy for the both of you.
My son is also college age and I feel the empty nest pain with you.Its hard to let him go but I wouldn't hold him back for naything in the world.
fashion on July 31, 2011:
Very beautiful and inspiring hub.Well done
Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on July 30, 2011:
I appreciate your comments travel_man1971. Glad that you enjoyed it. Aloha!
Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on July 30, 2011:
What a lovely tribute to your daughter! Proper nurturing and good parenting will spawn productive and responsible grown-ups.
Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing this hub, Ms. Elayne!
Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on July 30, 2011:
Thank you all for your lovely comments. I miss my daughter because she lived far away, and so I wanted to make this tribute to her. Glad that so many enjoyed it. It is truly how I feel about my daughter.
Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on July 30, 2011:
So beautiful and heart-felt! What a wonderful tribute Elayne!!!
isi on July 30, 2011:
I remember too the joy she brought to our family and it seems that joy returns every time we think of her that is quite often. Remember when we looked through the name book to choose a name for her. Liana means a bond and she has been the bonding agent in our little family. Happy birthday dear daughter.
Annette Donaldson from Northern Ireland on July 30, 2011:
Beautiful tribute to your daughter. I only have a son, but I wouldn't swop him for the world. He too was a honeymoon baby, made from love.
Jacob on July 30, 2011:
THE BEST SISTER EVER!! Love you Liana!
Liana on July 29, 2011:
I am speechless! I love you too mom! I am blessed to have you in my life and know that I am who I am because of you. Thank you for all your love, encouragement and support. I will love you always!
slmorgan from San Francisco on July 29, 2011:
This is a very beautiful tribute to your daughter and daughters everywhere. Nice!